Volunteer at the Urban Farm

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There are many ways to be involved with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.)! We offer one-time, weekly, and group opportunities most Saturdays from April through mid-November. Longer-term opportunities are available for volunteers who can make a consistent commitment throughout the growing season.

Volunteer with Children and Youth Programming

Volunteer on the Farm


Ready to Get Started?

To sign up to volunteer, fill out this volunteer information form.

Volunteer Open Hours: Each Saturday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. during the Farm season, April through mid-November. There is a tour of the Farm for new volunteers at the start of the day.

Location: 444 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610 (intersection of Chicago Ave and Hudson Ave). Train access: Brown or Purple Line to the Chicago/Franklin stop; Blue Line Chicago Avenue stop. Bus Access: Chicago Avenue Bus #66

Fee information:
Adults: $10
*Children and youth: $5

*Children and youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. All children and youth under the age of 18 must have a signed agreement and waiver from a parent or guardian.

To volunteer, fill out the above form or contact Stephanie Budd, Urban Farm Associate Director, at 312.274.3801 or sbudd@chicagolights.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the work like?
Farming is hard work. Depending on the season, you may be preparing beds, planting, weeding, harvesting, or cleaning up the land. Sometimes the needs of the day include painting or light construction projects. We work rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Expect to get your hands and clothes dirty by the end of day.

What do I need to bring?
Water bottle
Sunscreen
Hat
Work gloves

We will supply all the tools you need to work in the field. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis, please bring your inhaler or EpiPen and tell your group leader of your condition before working in the field.

What do I wear when working on the land?
Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended for farm work. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. Keep in mind that you will get dirty, and be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather. Bring extra layers and rain gear so that you are comfortable working in most weather conditions. A box of garbage bags is also a good item to bring in case people in your group don’t bring rain gear.

What do I do with personal belongings?
Leave valuables at home or keep them on your person at all times. Chicago Lights does not take any responsibility for stolen or missing items.